New Delhi: In the wake of Trinamool Congress
going it alone in the West Bengal civic polls, its UPA ally
Congress today dismissed as speculation reports that it was
looking for a new ally in Samajwadi Party.
"We don`t believe that one alliance should be made at the
expense of another. These are all speculations," Congress
spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.
SP, on its part described the speculation as "baseless".
Singhvi was commenting on reports that SP chief Mulayam
Singh Yadav has offered support to the Congress-led coalition
in the Centre at the expense of Trinamool Congress, a major
ally of the ruling coalition.
Trinamool has 19 members in the Lok Sabha while SP has
Singhvi also downplayed reports of differences between
Congress and Trinamool, saying that "such differences on small
issues are natural in any alliance."
"Much should not be read into it. Our alliance with the
West Bengal-based party is stable and deep. Don`t put a
question mark on the stability on the alliance," he said.
Meanwhile SP general secretary and national spokesperson
Mohan Singh said that media reports speculating about his
party offering support to the UPA were baseless.
"There is no truth in them," Singh said.
He said though on the last day of Budget Session of
Parliament, the SP chief had met Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, it was to discuss the caste-based census issue and
there was no talk of his party offering support to UPA.
Singh further added that a day after this meeting, SP`s
Parliamentary Board had also met, "and if there had been any
such development, then the Parliamentary Board would have
definitely discussed it".